EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — UTEP plans to switch from Nike to Adidas in time for the 2023-24 track and field season, KTSM has learned.
Sources tell KTSM that the miners are entering into a five-year deal with third-party esports provider Game One that will replace Nike with Adidas products for UTEP jerseys, gear and more across all sports, at from 2023.
UTEP initially partnered with Nike in 2004 to outfit their football program and this deal eventually expanded to include all UTEP sports.
Sources told KTSM that the contract has not yet been finalized and must be approved by the University of Texas board of trustees before the deal is officially closed.
UTEP officials would not comment on the matter.
Representatives from Game One and Adidas were on the UTEP campus earlier this week to meet with staff and coaches, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.
According to an offer sheet obtained by KTSM, Game One and Adidas would offer UTEP annual discounts on apparel and footwear.
There are also incentives that would provide UTEP with additional equipment and clothing at no cost to the school, if they spend specific dollar amounts per year with the company.
According to the offer sheet, UTEP would also receive monetary assistance in fiscal year 2023 to help miners transition to Adidas.
There are also various performance incentives in place in the bid sheet for on-court and off-court performance, including increased funds for conference championships, bowl berths, and NCAA tournament appearances.